Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Hello fellow members. Where does the time go? It’s near the end of the month, and time for me get this newsletter out and about to everyone. I do hope you are enjoying reading these, as it is going to be an on-going part of the Kiwi Coffin Club Charitable Trust.

I have been working with Chris Knight, who has far more technical knowledge than I have. He is helping to get me up to speed with new technology, hopefully making my job of putting the monthly newsletter together - and distributing to members - easier. Thank you, Chris, – and it is a work in progress!!

If you have any questions, or wish to share any new items with other members, you may do so by emailing me at:,

Thanks, Jan Kite - Editor.

Our Visitor from Philadelphia.

Rosemary Connors visited our club on 13th November. It was lovely to hear that she had planned her 15 day holiday in New Zealand, around being in Rotorua on a Wednesday, just so she could visit us. Rosemary found the information about us on the internet and Facebook. She is a Wedding Officiant and has also been the Officiant at a few funerals.

She loves the concept of making our “end journey furniture” a personal choice, rather than a polished or varnished casket which is the norm in America.

Thank you, Rosemary, for your visit, and the enthusiasm for our endeavours that you shared with us during this time. We sincerely hope you will be able to visit us again sometime in the future.

Japanese Filming Crew

Well yes, we once again had to smile for the camera! On this occasion, a filming crew from Japan were visiting us on club day, filming all the activity going on. They were extremely interested in the whole process of making the coffins/caskets – from the baby coffins, different sizes and styles of full sized coffins/caskets, to the pet coffins and ashes boxes.

Waste not, want not.

How lucky we are to have such clever men in our workshop. We tend to forget about them, down the back in the workshop, amongst the noise and the dust. But every Wednesday, and other days if required, they are there - hard at work.

Amongst the clever men - is Colin. He has a new project he does from home, this looks like keeping him very busy in the future.

When cutting the caskets/coffins, there are always off-cuts remaining. These cannot be burnt in normal household fires, due to the chemicals in the wood.

Colin is now using these off-cuts to make miniature Maori Villages – see attached photo. These he has offered for sale to some kindergartens. They have become very popular, with orders coming in from all over New Zealand. From every village sold, a donation is made to charity.



Thanks, must go to Chris Knight. He has been working hard to get the website up and running and user fiendly. Hop on and have a look, you can even pay your membership fees through this site – it is very safe. Also, just in case you missed out on an issue, you can view the past newsletters – remember this is only the 3rd one.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH – Wednesday 18th December 12 noon – to be held at the club rooms, 5, Ti Street.

For catering purposes - please RSVP by 9th December – to 0275494260

Theme: Christmas (now I wonder why) – pull out your fairy dress

or Santa suit.

A secret SANTA gift to the value of $5.00 to share. EVERYONE WELCOME

NOTE: Club will be closed from 18th December to 22nd January, but we are always on call 24/7.

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